July Pilina Dinner
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This past Tuesday evening the CIO Council of Hawaii hosted another exclusive Pilina dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ala Moana Center, sponsored by DRFortress. The event provided attending CIO Council of Hawaii members with valuable insights into the comprehensive services and robust infrastructure offered by DRFortress. Attendees had the opportunity to network and learn about the latest advancements in data center solutions and how they can leverage these services to enhance their organizations’ IT capabilities. We extend our sincere gratitude to DRFortress for their sponsorship and to all participants for making the evening a resounding success!

Gartner Workshop – Navigating Todayʻs CIO Landscape
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The CIO Council of Hawaii was honored to host an insightful workshop featuring Kevin Smith, Senior Director Analyst within the Gartner CIO Leadership practice. The exclusive event, held at the HMSA Center, brought together leading CIOs to address the multifaceted challenges facing today’s IT leaders. Kevin, with his extensive 25-year background in strategy, leadership, culture, and change management, provided a wealth of knowledge on leveraging technology to achieve business outcomes.

Attendees gained valuable insights into the collaborative landscape necessary for CIOs to meet the demands of the modern digital enterprise, the high-performance impact of “Franchising” digital delivery, and various strategies for cultivating local talent. Kevin’s expert advisement, drawn from his experience with renowned organizations such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Ogilvy Mather, offered practical and actionable guidance for driving organizational transformation and effectiveness.

This event was made possible through the support of Gartner and reflects the CIO Council of Hawaii’s commitment to fostering strong IT relationships locally and contributing to our communities. Mahalo to HMSA for making the workshop conference space available and to all of those in supporting roles for making this workshop a success!

Pilina Dinner – April Recap
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The CIO Council of Hawaii held its third Pilina Dinner last week at 53 by the Sea! TEKsystems sponsored the event and senior IT leaders joined in a focused discussion on IT recruitment and retention challenges in Hawaii. It is through collaboration and sharing initiatives like this that local IT leaders can collectively reflect on industry-wide issues and offer advice and encouragement to their peers.

Attendees: Ben Mendes, Dasa Harrell, Rick Hopfer, Mark Troske, Tim Minick, Brad Mattocks, Eric K.M. Daley, Emily Warren, Steven Sakata, Jonathan Kato, Gregory Hester, Richard DesJardin




Hawaii Tech Days – IT Downtown Expeditions
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eWorldES, a CIO Council member company, in partnership with Chamber of Commerce Hawaii welcomed Campbell High School and Farrington High School to our office in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii during IT Downtown Expeditions day.  Both schools and over 12 eWorldES staff spent the morning exploring topics and interactive exercises in Cyber Security, Solution Design, and Solution Build.  We hope the time together inspired them to explore careers in the Information Technology arena.



Another Pilina Dinner!
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On Thursday, February 29th the CIOCOH held its second Pilina Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Event sponsor ServiceNow enlightened the group on its solutions to broadly deliver against enterprise technology needs through unification and automation.

CIOCOH members in attendance: Stephen A. Courtney, Gregory Hester, Henderson Nuuhiwa, Alan Ito, Rick Hopfer, Tim Minick, CISSP, Charissa Wong, Ryan Shimamura, Vincent DiRienzo.


Inaugural Pilina Dinner
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Pilina – Association, relationship, and connection

Last week marked the CIOCOH inaugural Pilina Dinner, where 11 executive IT leaders from O’ahu united at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for an evening of networking, socializing, and technical discussion.  Pilina Dinners are an exclusive program and networking experience for CIOCOH member practitioners focused on fostering trusting, authentic relationships between peers.

The event, sponsored and hosted by Delphix, was the first in what will become a regular series.  For more information on the Pilina Dinner program please contact us here.

Tech Days of Fall 2023
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There are numerous events in September and October aimed at connecting Hawaii’s young Information Technology career seekers with local companies! Don’t miss these lucrative opportunities to get involved. See the URL or QR code below to get registered today.

Support for Maui
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Things are fluid and changing constantly. We will do our best to update this as often as possible with the most current information.

Non-Monetary Donations

Maui Family YMCA – looking for Maui residents who can provide accommodations for displaced residents

If you have a spare room, ohana, anything that can house folks who have nowhere to sleep, please email help@mauiymca.org with your name, phone number and number of folks you could accommodate.
County of Maui

Drop off to War Memorial Complex from 8am to 6pm Thursday

Enter through Kanaloa Avenue and drop off donations at the field on the left

Needs: Non-perishable food, bottled water, hygiene items and blankets.
Donations of hot and perishable food CANNOT be accepted at this site.
Maui Fire Department

Pre-made (ready-to-eat) foods like protein bars, sandwiches, musubis, cut fruit, water, hydration drinks

Drop off to:
Hi-Tech Store (9am – 6pm)
425 Koloa Street, Kahului

Maluhia Collective (from 9am)
1960 Main Street, Wailuku

Boba Bar Paia (6am – 12pm)
2 Baldwin Avenue, Paia

Anytime Fitness Pukalani (hours TBD)
24 Kiopaa Street, Makawao

Lumeria Maui (hours TBD)
1814 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao

Espresso Mafia Maui (hour TBD)
3617 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao
Maui Family YMCA – food or clothing donations

As of 8/9 at 8:23am

Community goods
Water, food, pillows/blankets, towels, baby food/formula, diapers/wipes, toiletries

Drop off to:
Sparky’s Restaurant (from 7am)
385 Hoohana Street, Suite 5C, Kahului
@sparkysfoodco on Instagram

Ho’omana Barbell (from 9am)
1826 Kaohu Street, Wailuku

Paia Bay Coffee Bar (Tues-Sat 7:30am – 10pm; Mon/Sun 7:30am – 3pm)
120 Hana Highway, Paia
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement – Kako’o Maui

Oahu donation site:
CNHA is accepting other donations from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at our headquarters at 91-1270 Kinoʻiki St., Kapolei, HI 96707. Please email hwf@hawaiiancouncil.org for more information.
Hawaii Stevedores – donation drive

Saturday, 8/12 at 8am
Pier 1, Forrest Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
– Non-perishable food items and bottled water
– Lightly used/new towels and blankets

Call 808-538-2147 with questions.
Hawaiian Airlines for American Red Cross

Support our partners charity, American Red Cross of Hawaii, by donating HawaiianMiles which will be used to transport volunteers and staff to Maui. Hawaiian Airlines will match all miles donated, up to 30 million miles, for the month of August.
Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center

780 Onehee Avenue, Kahului
Thursday, 8/10 – 10am – 9pm
Friday, 8/11 – 10am – 9pm

– Non-perishable food
State of Hawaii collection – Oahu donation site

Oahu donation site:
Hawaii State Capitol
415 S. Beretania Street

Thursday, 8/10 – 10am – 2pm
Friday, 8/11 – 10am – 2pm

Toiletries, diapers, formula, toys, clothing, bedding, household goods, non-perishable food

Bottled water is discouraged at this time due to weight constraints.
Maui Humane Society

Unfortunately, it’s not just people affected by the fires, but pets too. The Maui Humane Society is asking for emergency foster homes for its animals to help make space for new displaced pets. Pet supplies, like wet and dry food, litter and pop-up kennels are also in need, and you can always donate funds on its website.
Hawaii State Department of Education – Donation-Gift or Collaboration Intake Form

Mahalo for your interest in Hawaii’s public schools! Please use this form to contribute monetary or in-kind donations. Your support helps to drive forward our collective vision around public education as a change agent for Hawaii. Thank you for making a positive difference! If you have any questions on completing this form please contact the Community Engagement Branch via email at familypartnerships@k12.hi.us.
United Public Workers

Big Island
Thursday, 8/10 – 7:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, 8/11 – 6am – 7pm

– Non-perishable goods
– Baby food, formula
– Baby items – diapers, wipes
– Blankets and towels
– Toiletries
– Bottled water

Collection sites
Oahu – 1426 North School Street, Honolulu, 96817
Kauai – 4211 Rice Street, Lihue, 96766
Big Island – 362 East Lanikaula Street, Hilo, 96720
Maui – 841 Kolu Street, Wailuku, 96793
Hui No Ke Ola Pono + Mauliola Pharmacy

Donation drop offs at JW Cameron Center, across/near War Memorial (main shelter site)

Mauliola is delivering meds to the shelter
Civil Beat – updated list

Here is the most current list


Hawaii Community Foundation – Maui Strong FundThe Maui Strong Fund was created to provide community resilience with resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The fund is currently being used to support communities affected by the wildfires on Maui.
Minimum online donation is $25.
HCF will not be collecting a fee for donations to the Maui Strong Fund; 100 percent of the funds will be distributed for community needs.
Salvation Army HawaiiAs Hawaii Wildfires impact our communities, The Salvation Army is providing food and resources for evacuees.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement – Kako’o Maui100% of proceeds will go to Maui organizations to support relief efforts. Every dollar donated will be matched up to $250,000.
Maui Food BankWith every $1 donated, the Maui Food Bank can provide 4 meals to the hungry living in our island community.
Maui United WayAll donations will provide direct relief to families and nonprofits directly affected by the Maui Fire Disaster.
Maui Mutual Aid FundA local effort, the Maui Mutual Aid Fund is run by volunteers looking to get funds and support to vulnerable residents, such as kūpuna (elderly), those with physical disabilities, renters and individuals without insurance. Donations can be sent to link. If you know a kama’aina in need, reach our to Maui Mutual Aid Fund at (650)279-1662
Donate at your nearest FoodlandFoodland stores are accepting donations at checkpoint to support the American Red Cross of Hawaii’s efforts toward Maui Fire relief.
– Make donations of up to $249
– Donate 250 Maikai points ($5 equivalent donation)
– Round up purchases to the nearest dollar
– Donate change
Aloha United Way – Maui Fire Relief FundDonations will go directly to Maui United Way to support Maui victims.
Hawaii State Department of Education – Donation-Gift or Collaboration Intake FormMahalo for your interest in Hawaii’s public schools! Please use this form to contribute monetary or in-kind donations. Your support helps to drive forward our collective vision around public education as a change agent for Hawaii. Thank you for making a positive difference! If you have any questions on completing this form please contact the Community Engagement Branch via email at familypartnerships@k12.hi.us.

Mental Health Support

Organization Details
NAMI HawaiiMaui Strong Support Group for anyone who has been affected by the Maui Wildfires
Saturday, 8/19 – 10am on Zoom
Saturday, 8/26 – 10am on Zoom
Email anisa@namihawaii.org for the Zoom link